WITCHCRAFT – is a throwback Metal Band, a Stoner Metal Band if you will. This band is also well known as Doom Metal. O.k., they are resiliently Old School Heavy Metal, that is for certain. Metal is… Metal. Listening to Witchcraft is always like a breath of fresh Metal air for me. I just get that everything is mysteriously mellow vibe from their music, uh, Metal. Even if the lyrics from Witchcraft are a bit doom & gloom, it doesn’t get me down. Basically, Witchcraft does cast a Metal spell on me! (Man, is that corn dog or what?). Early last year, I picked up a downright nifty Witchcraft 7″ vinyl single, (45rpm), that is green. You betcha… green vinyl. (See pics of my Witchcraft 45 below at bottom). My Metal research has found that the green vinyl pressing I own is considered a repress from 2007… and limited to 200!!! There is only 200 of these Witchcraft 7″ green vinyl, 45rpm’s in the entire world!!! I’m very pleased to be the owner of one.
The two songs on my Witchcraft 7″ green vinyl 45rpm are:
If Crimson Was Your Colour
I Know You Killed Someone
Both songs carry a semblance of early years Heavy Metal, sprinkled with some psychedelia nuance. The riffs scream Old School, as well as the vocals of Magnus Pelander, who also plays guitar. The echo vibe that happens on these Witchcraft songs make them all the more retro pleasing. These two songs are heavy, no speed or mind blowing solos… just some real good Metal. Witchcraft is not from the early ’70′s, nor are they from the ’80′s either. Witchcraft formed in 2000, releasing their first studio/self titled album Witchcraft on Rise Above Records in 2004. Witchcraft hails from Örebro, Sweden.
Fans of these unreal legends – early/Ozzy Osbourne era Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Candlemass or any Doom Metal Band, just might take a Metal liking to Witchcraft. Stoner Metal fans of The Sword, High On Fire and Sleep, to name a few, could easily sink their teeth into Witchcraft’s Metal too.
Magnus Pelander – vocals & guitar
John Hoyles - guitar
Ola Henriksson – bass
Fredrik Jansson – drums
* I Know You Killed Someone does not appear on any studio album from Witchcraft, essentially this is a non-album track.
* If Crimson Was Your Colour appears on the Witchcraft studio album – The Alchemist, released in October of 2007.
* Witchcraft is signed to Rise Above Records… an independent label.
* I paid roughly around 7 dollars (U.S.) for this Witchcraft record, that included shipping too.
Here is what Side A looks like:
Here is what the front cover sleeve looks like:
* The word – “nifty” – was used in the first paragraph on Metal Odyssey.